Taylor expects more from Cross

02 January 2018 03:30:31 EST

The retiring Phil Taylor has warned the rest of darts that they have a fight on their hands to try and stop the amazing rise of new PDC world champion Rob Cross.

Cross denied Taylor of a perfect send-off by powering to a 7-2 victory in the final at the Ally Pally, completing a fantastic first season as a professional by winning the biggest prize of all.

He's dedicated, he's listened, learned and the players next year have got a big problem.

Phil Taylor

And Taylor, who bows out with 16 world titles to his name, has no doubts that Cross will go on to be a top player for some time to come.

He told the official PDC website: "I tried my best, I just didn't have that push against him.

"He was good. He was relentless, he just doesn't stop putting you under pressure. He's dedicated, he's listened, learned and the players next year have got a big problem.

"You've got someone who wants to win. I don't think the money with him is going to make a scrap of difference, you've got a little animal on your hands.

"It was like an old man against a young man, it was a mismatch."

Cross had already made a big impact on the PDC circuit, reaching the final of the European Championship and the semi-finals of the Players Championship Finals.

Meanwhile, the BDO World Championship gets under way at The Lakeside on Saturday, with Glen Durrant the defending champion.

Duzza is 1/7 to retain his title, with two-time champion Scott Waites available at 1212/1 and Jamie Hughes 1212/1.

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